More than 300,000 patient health records were exposed authors Staff Reports A Franklin-based diagnostic medical imaging firm has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a 2014 patient privacy violation that allowed search engines to index patient health information from one of the company's servers.Touchstone Medical Imaging officials have agreed to pay $3 million to the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, and to adopt a corrective plan of action, according to a press release. Abiding by that plan, Touchstone will have to adopt business associate agreements, complete a risk analysis and create comprehensive policies and procedures to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules. Touchstone has locations in Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Florida and Arkansas. The company was founded in 1991 by Christian Rice Jr., a former partner at Deloitte & Touche.The Touchstone team was notified by the Federal Bureau of … [Read more...] about Medical imaging company to pay $3M in HIPAA settlement
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WAUKEE, LOWA, USA, April 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Supremus Group is a trusted HIPAA Compliance Training and consultancy service provider in USA. The company provides customized consultancy and training services to clients in various sectors including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, insurance, and others. Recently, the company has announced that it has been chosen by a major Texas university for providing HIPAA Compliance Training of Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert (CHPSE) to their HIPAA Compliance team. Official Announcement Any association with a university adds repute and acclaim to organizations operating in the field. The company spokesperson has upbeat about the development in their official announcement, “We are proud to announce that we have been chosen by a reputed and leading university of Texas for providing training to their HIPAA Compliance team members. This demonstrates the trust and reputation that we have built in our sector over the past … [Read more...] about Supremus Group Announces Selection by Major Texas University for Training Its HIPAA Compliance Staff
January 16, 2019 1 Comment HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. Well, that moment has arrived (maybe). There’s an RFI out right now, published as part of the federales’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in mid-2018. (Remember, this is the federal government, so getting almost halfway through the throat-clearing phase of fleshing out an idea in about six months or so really is a sprint.) Hey, coordinated care is a good idea. We can all agree on that. The first RFI to issue was the one seeking input on the regulations implementing the Stark law and the federal anti-kickback statute (See: Stark and AKS RFI and public comments). The HIPAA RFI came next. (Comments are due February 12, 2019.) The final piece of this trifecta is the privacy rule applicable to substance abuse service … [Read more...] about How would you like to change HIPAA?
Office for Civil Rights Director announces intention to use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.”— Roger Severino Director, Office for Civil RightsSANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws. At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that the next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable. Enforcement for noncompliant offenders may include subpoenas, legal action, reimbursements to victims, penalties, and more. … [Read more...] about OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits Will Focus on Enforcements
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... WASHINGTON — The nation’s second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday. The personal information of nearly 79 million people — including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical IDs — was exposed in the cyberattack, discovered by the company in 2015. The settlement between Anthem Inc. and the Department of Health and Human Services represents the largest amount collected by the agency in a health care data breach, officials said. ADVERTISEMENTSkip “When you have large breaches it erodes people’s confidence in the privacy of their sensitive information, and we believe such a large breach … [Read more...] about Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach